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Students buzz with excitement for reading

Justice “Symone” Collier, a second grader at Crowders Creek Elementary School, walks off the Hornets and Lowe’s Book Bus after an assembly May 19. She had read 470 minutes since May 4.
Justice “Symone” Collier, a second grader at Crowders Creek Elementary School, walks off the Hornets and Lowe’s Book Bus after an assembly May 19. She had read 470 minutes since May 4.

Students at Crowders Creek Elementary were abuzz May 19 about reading with a visit from Charlotte Hornets Hugo.

Hugo’s Reading Revolution high-energy afternoon assembly helped launched the students’ summer reading and push for the Scholastic Read for the World Record.

“As soon as Hugo gets done reading, he likes to go out and have fun,” said Tom Hill, emcee for the Hornets and Lowe’s Book Bus, adding the program runs throughout the Charlotte area urging students to read. “We constantly reinforce what the teachers do every day.”

As of May 19, Crowders was ranked 72nd in the world with 109,847 minutes of reading logged. Grade 3-5 Principal Lori Maczko said it’s the second year the school is participating in the Scholastic program and numbers are up.

“But we’re going to do better than that,” she said. “We want to be (the) top.”

Pam Cato, director of curriculum instruction at Clover School District, said that not all schools participate in the Scholastic program, but “we’ve got a couple things going on in the whole district at all schools” with each school recognizing participation in its own way.

Cato said all school libraries will be open at least one day a week during the summer with each school choosing its own schedule to best serve students.

The district also offers its own books on a bus with the Books on Wheels program running Monday-Thursday with stops throughout the district.

Cato said with the Read to Succeed legislation, “reading is really going to be at the forefront, especially in the early grades.”

She said the district is working hard to provide students access to books, and also is planning stops at YMCA and church camps during summer.

“I like for children to turn those pages and get involved,” Cato said. “We want to encourage and help them be better readers, and help to teach them to love to read.”

The staff at Crowders Creek Elementary hope the visit from Hugo helps.

“That was pretty energetic,” said school librarian Jere Fisher. “The kids were pretty pumped up and I think they got the message.”

Fisher said the Scholastic and summer reading program started May 4 and runs through Sept. 4. He said summer reading helps avoid “the slide” returning in the fall.

“It’s vital to their success so they don’t have that gap and they’re coming in right where they need to be,” Maczko said.

Hugo and Hill stressed ways students can join their Reading Revolution, with the key being like brushing your teeth.

“Make reading a daily habit,” Hill said during the 45-minute program. “Knowledge through reading is faster than the Internet.”

The top 10 students with the most minutes of reading in each grade 2-4 were invited to pick a book from the Hornets and Lowe’s Book Bus.

“I hit the jackpot,” said fourth-grader Joel Patrautanu grabbing the paperback “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.” He had read 1,590 minutes.

Fisher is confident the visit from the NBA teal bug mascot was a slam dunk.

“We hope it motivates kids to read over the summer,” he said.

Catherine Muccigrosso •  803-831-8166

Books on Wheels – Summer 2015

Clover School District announces the following Books on Wheels programs.


June 8, 15, 22, July 6, 13, 20, 27, Aug. 3

▪ Bethany-Santiago Fire Dept., 13167 W. Highway 55, 9:15-9:35 a.m.

▪ Mountain View Trailer Park, Adriatic Lane near mailboxes, 9:45-10:05 a.m.

▪ Kinard Elementary parking lot, 10:15-10:35 a.m.

▪ Roosevelt Park Stellie Jackson Center, 10:45-11:10 a.m.

▪ Blue Eagle Academy parking lot (3rd-5th), Knox Street, 11:20-11:40 a.m.


June 9, 16, 23, July 7, 14, 21, 28, Aug. 4

▪ Cheek Road, 9:15-9:35 a.m.

▪ Clover Meadow Playground, Shamrock Green Drive, 9:45-10:05 a.m.

▪ Lighthouse Ministries, 706 Old North Main St., 10:15-10:35 a.m.

▪ Sedgefield Apartments, Sumter Street, 10:45-11:10 a.m.

▪ Willow Oaks Apartments, 400 Willow Oaks Circle, 11:20-11:40 a.m.


June 10, 17, 24, July 8, 15, 22, 29, Aug. 5

▪ Longlea Estates, Longlea Drive, 9:15-9:35 a.m.

▪ Mt. Harmony United Methodist Church, 6268 Ridge Road, 9:45-10:05 a.m.

▪ Oakridge Middle School, 5650 Highway 557, 10:15-10:35 a.m.

▪ Lake Wylie Motor Home Park, Stateline Road, near pool, 10:45-11:10 a.m.

▪ Good Samaritan Methodist Church, 5420 Crowders Cove Lane, 11:20-11:40 a.m.


June 11, 18, 25, July 9, 16, 23, 30, Aug. 6

▪ Blue Eagle Academy parking lot, Knox Street, 9:15-9:40 a.m.

▪ Allison Creek Presbyterian Church, 5680 Allison Creek Road, 9:55-10:20 a.m.

▪ Bethelfields (pool area), 2513 Ivey Creek Ford, 10:35-11 a.m.

▪ Lake Wylie Christian Assembly, 5766 Charlotte Highway, 11:15-11:40 a.m.